Original Sin #8 (Comics Review)

The grand finale is here. The moment that we’ve all been waiting for, it is here, finally. At this point, there really isn’t much that I can say about this title. Almost four months of mysteries, backstabbings, betrayals, revelations, and now it all comes to an end. All the seeds that Jason Aaron has sown in the past issues, they’ve created one hell of an impending finale, and that’s what I wanted to see in the finale. Because though the start was a bit of a not-so-good, the later issues were really good, and I got to see lots of different things that I hadn’t before. That’s the best case I suppose..

To mark this finale, Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato deliver a whopping extra-sized issue. There are lots of loose ends to tie up here, and Jason Aaron addresses a ton of them. And even calls back to some of the earlier moments of this event title, showing that there was always a grand plan in motion, and I gotta say that Aaron thinks in a very devious kind of way. He highlights Dr. Midas, Nick Fury and Uatu in this issue, but doesn’t forget about the other characters at all. And the art as usual is pretty good, though is often flawed by the same recurring problems with Deodato’s art.

Uatu’s death and the conclusion of Original Sin is an event that has brought together several other Watchers to Earth, and in a very brief moment we see how Uatu’s death affects them all, as does the final cremation of his remains, which results in something very unexpected in the end. That’s the kind of deviousness that I wasn’t quite expecting from Aaron on this title, and yet he does exactly that. Not all loose ends are tied up unfortunately, but he does get around to most of them, and he sets the stage for a new phase in the lives of many of the characters, especially Bucky Barnes, Thor and more.

In this issue, we see the culmination of what Nick Fury has been planning on along, and we even learn just how the Watcher finally died in the end. It is all grim and dark, but is also rather emotional, because the alien being’s last moments are laced with sadness and acceptance of his fate. In a few words, Nick Fury often gives him both credit and imparts a sense of responsibility to act on him. But as we know, Uatu doesn’t (really) interfere during his observances. He is simply there to see and record, nothing more, keeping numerous secrets buried in his mind and body.

There aren’t really any big action scenes in this issue, and most of it is character-driven from the point of view of Dr. Midas and Nick Fury with the Watcher caught in the middle of two relentless and determined forces that seek to outdo each other. Everything that was revealed about Nick Fury’s past in the future issues is given closure here. Yeah, it is a fairly big comic, clocking in at about 31 pages of storyline or something, and Jason Aaron covers a hell of a lot of things.

I wish that he’d been able to address the divisions and dynamics between the various heroes much better but no luck on that front unfortunately. There simply are too many to juggle, but the ending that Jason Aaron is pretty damn good. Highly interesting even, but shows that Nick Fury had indeed masterminded the craziest thing ever. And the heroes’ reaction is pretty damn bold too.

All said, this was a great read, but with a few flaws.

As before, Mike Deodato is on pencils, Frank Martin on colours, VC’s Chris Eliopoulos on letters and Julian Totino Tedesco on the cover. Like the previous issues, Deodato’s pencils in this issue are also clean, crisp and highly detailed in the final product. That is one of the main reasons why I’ve stuck with the series for all this time, and now it is all even better. Deodato doesn’t miss a bit and neither does Martin with his share of the burden. The colours here are really good, especially the space scenes, where much more colour contrast than the usual is called for. And Martin rises to the occasion.

A fairly good ending, right about on par with last year’s Infinity, which I loved.

Rating: 8/10

More Original Sin#0, #1, #2, #3, #3.1, #4, #5, #5.1, #6, #7, #5.2-5.4.

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